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Country Music News International Newsletter June 11. 2014

Country Music News International Newsletter June 11. 2014

Here is your Country Music News of the day from Country Music News International Magazine http://www.CountryMusicNewsInternational.blogspot.com . Your Country Music News is supported by, Courtyard Nashville Downtown http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bnadt-courtyard-nashville-downtown , Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau www.visitmusiccity.com , Tennessee Tourism, http://www.Tennessee.de , Coreopsis Publications LLC www.coreopsis.gs , Richard Lynch http://richardlynchband.com , Stephanie Grace http://www.stephanie-grace.com ,Lucy Malheur http://www.lucy-malheur.info

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CMA Festival - Celebrating Music Altogether

CMA Festival - Celebrating Music Altogether

 
By S. Parks for Country Music News International

“It is amazing how country music has taken over the world,” spoken by the sweet soul of Kimberly of Little Big Town.  Is this merely a spontaneous and excited reaction to hundreds of thousands of fans packing up their sunscreen, cameras, Sharpies and water arriving at the CMA Festival after saving their money and planning for a year?  Definitely not.  Country music has indeed grown to unexpected and imperial proportions throughout the world.  As our music has found a path that both retains its heritage while it tiptoes over the line into other genres, the fan base is expanding expedentially and swiftly.  With mega artists moving into superstar status, such as Taylor Swift and Keith Urban selling out shows all over the world in record time, the home base in Nashville becomes even more significant as a second home for true country fans.

Music, like Fan Fair fireworks, coming from virtually every club, bar, storefront, honky tonk or just tucked under street corner awnings in the rain, was further enhanced by eleven stages in Nashville’s downtown area.  It wrapped around us like a warm blanket woven with songs, autographs, memories and fun.

Like a giant mixing bowl filled with sumptuous ingredients for a chocolate fudge cake, the festival proved once again that country is the only genre that can bring together fans, new artists and superstars on an up-close and personal level.  Even running into the likes of Kix Brooks or Charlie Daniels in a restaurant or around the corner becomes the norm.  

Autograph sessions were going strong throughout the area.  The Country Music Hall of Fame presented precious signing moments with the legendary Brenda Lee, Charley Pride, Craig Morgan, Crystal Gale, Tyler Farr, Lauren Alaina and the super-talented Kellie Pickler as well.  The Opry Originals shop welcomed a full schedule of artists including Josh Thompson, Scotty McCreery, Montgomery Gentry, Love and Theft, Josh Turner, Dustin Lynch, and Little Big Town armed with photos to thank their fans.  It took an engineer’s planning to prepare a schedule to meet your favorites throughout the seven days of festivities and indulge in the fan club parties on your list.  

Four days of meet and greets, signings and performances fan-jammed Fan Fair X at the new Music City Center.  Before her performance and Q & A session on the Close Up Stage, country sweetheart LeAnn Rimes cut the red ribbon to open the event, the race was on and fans holding guitars and memorabilia to be signed were in their places.  Various record labels and other entities displayed schedules for signings and performances which included Little Big Town and dozens more.  The Band Perry held an early press conference followed by presenting the "super fan" awards to their Fans Perry, a meet and greet with photos, a chance for their fans to stand on the very stage from their shows and a special concert.

Billy Dawson, talented Nashville artist and songwriter, greeted familiar faces and made new friends in his booth.  Even Lulu from the TV show HeeHaw had long lines of patient followers.  Chris Young regrettably cancelled his four hour signing event due to an injury and subsequent surgery but promised each and every fan a personalized autographed photo in the mail.   After 83,000 happy visitors, Fan Fair X closed on Sunday with the last autographs signed by the iconic Oak Ridge Boys.
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Earlier in the week Stars for Second Harvest took the stage at the Ryman Auditorium for its tenth year.  Led by legendary hit songwriter Craig Wiseman, the annual fundraiser is a fan favorite from "The Lord‘s Prayer" to an acoustic "Cruise" finale with Florida-Georgia Line.  Outdoors on lower Broadway, the Music City Gives Back concert took place with. Rodney Atkins, Rose Falcon, Jana Kramer, Josh Thompson, Dustin Lynch and Lee Brice, all while rehearsals were going on the next block for the CMT Awards at the Bridgestone Arena.  

The Grand Ole Opry hosted special CMA Fest shows with Charley Pride, Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Carrie Underwood, John Turner, Trace Adkins, Jennifer Nettles and the Oak Ridge Boys along with up an coming star, Charlie Worsham. Lorrie Morgan also thanked her fans for thirty wonderful years.  Venues such as the Limelight brought us Storme Warren’s Nashville Navy Party with Brother Trouble, Danielle Peck, Trent Wilmon, Chad Warrix, Keith Anderson, Wade Hayes and many more.

Singer, songwriter, and winner of two consecutive UK Album of the Year Awards, Pete Kennedy, Ireland’s gift to our country music legacy, had a full schedule of performances and signings.

Scotty McCreery’s week was bursting as he performed and acted as guest host at the 6th annual Guitars of the Stars auction, made several performances, and pleased sports/Scotty fans with his hits on the Opry team at the annual City of Hope softball game, held for the final year at the historic Greer Stadium.  He also made four additional appearances including his always fabulous fan club party held this year at the Wildhorse Saloon.

Country music historian, singer, songwriter, and photographer, Marty Stuart, held a lecture at the Frist Museum with his mother Hilda to discuss the exhibit of his cherished photographs of his country music families.  The annual Marty Stuart Late Night Jam was held at the Ryman Auditorium with Travis Tritt, Connie Smith and many more after the CMT Awards across the street and before his autograph signing that went into the wee hours of the morning.  

Early on Thursday, the first official day of the Festival, one of the numerous “official” kick-offs began with the incomparable electric Big and Rich partying our way into the celebration.  John proclaimed, “I don’t think there’s a better party in the world than right here at the CMA Festival in Nashville!“  More than four hundred artists performed non-stop free shows for the next four days at Riverfront Park and ten other stages  Thousands of fans of all ages, from fifty states and twenty-four countries were delighted to see everyone from Megan Lindsay and Matthew and Gunnar Nelson to Joshua Scott Jones and a rocking show with Wynonna.  The GlobaLive show also welcomed international stars such as Emerson Drive from Canada and the fabulous Mark and Jay of O'Shea, hitmakers from Australia and Nashville.

The NFL’s Titans' LP Field rolled out the red carpet for a star-studded roster of country stars and even more surprises by favorite artists forthe four daily five-hour shows.  Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts and Brantley Gilbert opened the concert series and the first evening closed with Faith Hill making a special appearance with Tim McGraw for “Meanwhile Back at Mama‘s“.   

More highlights of the four-day spectacular were seeing Rascal Flatts stepping out of the box when they vocalized a stunning a cappella version of “Happy”.  Our beloved Keith Urban, hands down one of the most loved and fan-friendly artists in music today, made surprise appearances as well as leading his own night to rock on Saturday, after a rain delay.  Travis Tritt, who had not sung on the CMA Fest stage since 2005, celebrated his 25th year in country music with “It’s a Great Day to be Alive”.  After Miranda Lambert’s performance, a video honored the queens of country music including Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and many more, just before Carrie Underwood came out to duet with her on “Something Bad” and the crowd erupted for the girls in this otherwise all-guy extravaganza.

One of the favorite surprises was when Richie Sambora walked onto the stage for a rendition of “Wanted Dead or Alive” with the Zac Brown Band before leaving for his sold-out European tour with Orianthi.  Zac commented, “Thank you to the fans for coming.  We realize that our living comes out of your pockets.”

The artists were able to express their true sentiments about their careers and invitations to be a part of the CMA Music Festival at the backstage press conferences. Luke Bryan stated, “Anything to get closer to the fans is fun for me!”  Brantley Gilbert touched on the real reason the artists have chosen this life path when he said, “Hearing how one of my songs got someone through a situation from a fan is better than anything.”

The celebration continued each night after the super shows in downtown honkytonks when Alan Jackson performed a show at The Stage on lower Broadway with Kasey Musgraves and Lee Ann Womack, who had presented the first CMT Impact Award to him at the CMT Awards.  At our press conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame earlier in the week, the always humble Alan said he wondered if we were expecting him to announce retirement, to which he responded, “I don’t know what I’d retire from.  I don’t work much now.“  He spoke fondly of starting out, co-writing songs in houses on Music Row.  He will be the artist in residence at the Hall with his much waited exhibit and celebrate his 25th year in the country music industry with a 25 city tour in 2015. .  

After Blake Shelton’s electrifying show, who also had performed on lower Broadway earlier, he took along Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and Lady A’s Charles Kelley to a karaoke bar downtown for a wild night and a special treat for the visitors.  Just like the fans, they love to mingle and be “just fans“ themselves - fans of the fans so to speak.  Where else can you walk in off the street and see Alan Jackson on a stage a few feet to your right just inside the door or hilarious karaoke by today‘s country superstars?  Only in Nashville, thus the annual pilgrimage to the CMA Festival - ‘C’elebrating ‘M’usic ‘A’ltogether!, but officially the “Country Music Association” Festival.

As the king of country music, George Strait, was retiring with his final concert with Martina McBride in Arlington, Texas, as the Fan Fair fireworks were lighting up the sky, and as 80,000 fans left LP Field for home with their treasured memories, we knew it would not be long until the next CMA Festival.  

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